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Cow Girl

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  200 ratings  ·  52 reviews
Winner of the Comedy Women in Print Prize

An udderly hilarious story of friends, family and four-legged beasts

Billie fled her Yorkshire upbringing to pursue her dreams of finding a cure for the illness which killed her mother, yet when her father gets sick, she must return home to save the farm.
But the transition from city girl to country lass isn’t easy, not least because
Paperback, 400 pages
Published September 3rd 2020 by HarperCollins (first published June 5th 2020)
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Whispering Stories
Jul 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Can you imagine having to return to your family home in Yorkshire to work on a farm after living in London as a biochemist Grad Student and just starting a new relationship with someone you have idolised for quite a while, well that is what happens to Billie after her farmer father takes ill and she is needed to run the farm, a run-down farm that is?

The book is warm, funny, and brings family life to the forefront. Billie is quite the woman. She is toughe
Ellie (faerieontheshelf)
a uk contemporary on the lighter side all about dairy farming with a lesbian heroine, a f/f relationship, and an unnervingly accurate portrayal of the social structure of the british countryside. Also, a really cute slow burn hate to love relationship. Devoured it within a day.

full review to come!

> 4 stars

(rep: lesbian heroine & sapphic love interest; bi and sapphic side characters)

I was provided with a review copy in exchange for an honest review by the publishers <3
charlotte, (½ of readsrainbow)
Triangles are rigid. You construct buildings with triangles – roofs, pylons, braces – because they can’t be twisted out of shape. Take one of its sides away and a triangle is useless. We can’t function without Dad.

On my blog.

Rep: lesbian mc & li, bi & wlw side characters, Deaf side character

CWs: some casual homophobia and transphobia

Galley provided by publisher

I was first sold on Cow Girl when I opened the first page to find that the part was entitled “Farmerceuticals”. What can I say? A
ila ✨
[actual rating: 4 stars] between 3.75 and 4.25 stars, so 4 it is. Cow Girl was one of my most anticipated releases of the year, and i really enjoyed it! it has some of my favourite things and tropes: countryside setting (for the most part), a great cast of characters (Billie, the heroine, is awesome, but her friends, her dad and grandmother – i can't even begin to explain how much i LOVED to read about a supportive dad and an equally supportive grandmother – are also really great), an f/f enemie ...more
Apr 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbtq, 2021
Want a genuinely funny friends to lovers queer contemporary? Set in the uk? Written by a uk author? Look no further!!!

Funny and griping from page one, this book tells the story of Billie as she attempts to secure a phd scholarship until her dad suddenly falls in and she’s called back to tend to the family farm. And wonderful, joyous chaos ensues.

The characters, plot, language and even the narrator were absolutely brilliant. Couldn’t find a fault with any aspect of any part of this book.
Jul 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtq, contemporary
Overall - 3.5/5
Story - 3.5/5
Writing - 4/5
Character - 3.5/5
Memorability - 3/5
Enjoyment - 3.5/5
Would I read again? No

A contemporary novel set in the Yorkshire farming world and it really worked. I cared about our main character Billie. She's intelligent, driven, caring and I really felt for her running the family farm solo. I was less enamoured by the will they won't they relationship, but there is the most incredible cow birthing scene in this. Never thought I'd write that in a review! I was in t
Dec 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
I might be biased as a farmer's daughter myself, but I think Cow Girl is a very entertaining comedy novel. After a slow start I was fully invested in Billy's life, the problems and heartache she was facing, her past experiences and hopes for the future, I wanted to know it all!
It's a very detailed novel that doesn't shy away from the nitty gritty of farming, the highs as well as the lows. It demonstrated an even balance between city and country life.
With the added romantic escapades, Cow Girl is
Jun 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
For a debut novel, this book is really good! I picked it up because the cover reminded me of my favourite onesie that is no longer with me, and was pleasantly surprised to find a contemporary novel that had a lesbian main character, without feeling like her sexuality was the most interesting thing about her.

Billie starts the book living in London, as a biochemist trying to get funding for a PHD in eclampsia research. Early on she meets her idol, and they start a relationship. Personally this wa
Dec 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
The premise was always super interesting but I think the character growth was what was best about this book. Though Billie wasn't a very engaging character at the start I did grow to really enjoy reading about her journey. The comedic factor was how absolutely awful she was at romance, just really really bad. I think something could be said about how quickly she moves in relationships but that is actually quite common with lesbian couples. ...more
Sep 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
As someone who enjoys wlw romance and has a secret obsession with dairy farming, my expectations were high for this book, and it delivered exactly the kind of wholesome content I was looking for 🐄
Jun 21, 2020 rated it it was ok
‘Cow Girl’ was a book that I did not particularly like. Maybe this book was just not for me but I’m sure someone else would like it more than I did.

This book felt like it was a lot longer than 400 pages so it felt like I was reading it for ages. However, even though this book felt really long, nothing actually happened. I think the only characters name I remember is Lorna, even though I know there were a lot of characters. Also, this book was filled with stereotypes which I did not particularly
Susan Corcoran
Jul 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is comedy at it’s very best, because even though it tackles difficult subjects such a homophobia and illness, it does so in such as way that it engaged me not just in general as a reader, but one that struggles with comedy in books. To me it’s use often seems crass or unrefined, but in Cow Girl the humour is warm and uplifting, genuine and never forced and that felt so refreshing. Yes I shed a few tears, but within minutes Kirsty Eyre had once again reduced me to laughter and giggles and it ...more
Marita Park
Jul 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Really smart, witty and sharp. Such a warming and entertaining read. This is the warm hug I was looking for on a gloomy winter’s day in isolation. Billy is a really likeable character, and I loved being taken into her world. Well written and very funny. Thoroughly recommend x
Jun 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Billie is following her dreams of doing a PhD in London when her father falls ill and has to return to Yorkshire to take care of the family farm and the cow business. Is she ready to be a Cow Girl?
I was surprised of how “Cow Girl” is a refreshing and funny story but at the same time it shows how the world can change depending on your sexuality, because Billie is a lesbian and not everyone in Yorkshire accepts her choice. This story was eye-opening for me, being a woman is never easy in a “man” b
Jul 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was a joy to read. The author went to great lengths to bring you details of farming and science while simultaneously writing characters that we have all met in real life. I can’t do it justice so I will instead give you some lines I highlighted that sum up why I loved this book!

She made me laugh: “He is normally a lot better at this sort of thing. Then again, he has just had a major brain operation and I should get the *%!$ over myself.”

She made me cry: “It’s more the overwhelming bur
Katie Cat Books
Feb 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
Romance. Lesbian. Cows.

Story: Billie was born and raised on the farm but spent her adult life in the big city, working on her PhD and busy with work. When her father gets sick, it's up to her to step up and help out.

Language: Near present, England, HEA. A lot of lesbian camp is thrown in, along with trouble and drama in the girlfriend department and amongst her friends. Foul language, sexual content more towards romance than steam.

Characters: Billie is a city girl with a city lifestyle and city
Nov 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, read-2020
At first, I wasn't entirely convinced by this book - but Cow Girl really picked up in the second half, and I had an excellent time reading it from that point on. I'm not sure how objective my enjoyment is - I found a lot to empathise with in Billie, and as someone who has lived in and misses both London and Sheffield, I found myself getting very nostalgic when places were namechecked. Cow Girl doesn't shy at chronicling the rural North, warts and all - but it is also treated with great tendernes ...more
Apr 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow what a book!

I cannot believe that this is a debut novel, it has been an excellent read

I have devoured this book in just one sitting and this is one I will be recommending. I have loved the unique plot of this one.

The characters in this book are great and the author has covered themes of misogyny and homophobia sensitively and in a way that is not offensive in any way.

Personally, I can think of nothing worse than working on a dairy farm so following main character Billie has been an enjoyab
Elle K
May 29, 2020 rated it liked it
This is a perfect summer read! Light and funny, it was a quick go that left me feeling all warm n fuzzy inside.

I absolutely LOVED the setting! A cow farm??? Ideal honestly. The MC was relatable and funny and driven and emotional and it was lovely having such a well thought-out character.

Plenty of queer representation and unafraid to touch on the small minds and opinions of our non-queer characters, it gave insight into growing up in a small community as an 'outsider'.

Not gonna lie, I could have
teleri llinos
Jun 02, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I have to give this a One Star rating. Not only because it's slow paced, but the author has the magic ability of making it feel as though nothing has happened - even during scenes that are supposed to leave me on the edge of my seat. I just never felt engaged when reading, as though there was always something missing.

I feel as though I should also bring up the stereotypes that this author seems to cherish so much. Not only does she portray all gay men as flamboyant and ‘feminine’ but she uses s
Jun 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-read
Cow Girl by Kirsty Eyre was the winner of the inaugural Comedy Women in Print Prize in the unpublished category.
This witty, charming novel is set on a dairy farm in Derbyshire and to me it reads as if Fiona Walker and Marian Keyes had a book baby. The bucolic setting is filled with eccentrics but this book has grit to it. It deals with homophobia, what it means to be family, death and illness of parents. It's got it all. I also particularly liked that all the characters are fully realized, and n
Oct 18, 2020 rated it liked it
This one lost me a few times because the pacing occasionally felt uneven. Still, I appreciated a less romanticised view of rural living, especially as this is a romantic comedy. I always tend to have a less than realistic dream of moving to the countryside, partially because (as the main character notes) London is so anonymous. She likes it because that means any screw ups get lost in the city and not gossiped over by the whole village, but I’ve always found it makes it harder to connect with ot ...more
Lorna Sixsmith
Nov 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
An amusing listen (listened to the audio book), and it is good to have the hardships of the finances of dairy farming highlighted. Good to see the protagonist encounter examples of typical misogyny, and see her deal with it effectively. While the author evidently did some research into dairy farming, it's a pity it wasn't beta read by an actual farmer as there are some errors that made me cringe e.g. milk prices. Also, although the farm was said to be 500 acres, there were multiple references to ...more
Beth Younge
May 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a super fun and touching contemporary romance. I loved the main character of Billie and thought she was complex and a compelling character to follow. The romance in this was a bit misleading and it went were i thought it wouldn't but i did enjoy this overall. There was a wide variety of characters and a side plot relating to a lesbian wedding but these were developed well enough that they didn't distract from the main story but supported it. I wouldn't say its the funniest book but it d ...more
Sep 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved the way this book was written, so funny and descriptive and rich, I read it in a day. It's a cliche but this book truly made me laugh and cry; it was just so human and heartbreaking and wonderful. As someone who lived in the countryside in Britain and now lives in a city it really depicted the rural/city divide so well, as well as the people who live there, and this is definitely a book I need to buy a physical copy of so that I can reread it. ...more
Jessie Sayce
Mar 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Wowzas! This is a really good! I thought it was going to end one way, and even though it did end the way I thought - it was 100 x better.

The writing is super, emotional without being draining. Well thoughtout characters with depth. Also a really surprisingly good way at looking at life and experiences. Throughly enjoyed every single character.

Have recommended it to my friends. Honestly one of the best books I've read in a very very long time. Wish I could read it again for the first time.
Aug 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
I started off not sure if I was going to like this book and absolutely hating Lorna... And then... Suddenly I can't put it down and Lorna had become my favourite character! I love Billie's friends too, AND THE COWS! Despite being semi-nervous of real life cows... I loved the personalities of these awesome animals! Definitely a book I'd read again for the cute and funny moments ...more
Nov 16, 2020 rated it liked it
This started slow but I really enjoyed the book once Billie got to the dairy farm. I haven't read any chick lit where the heroine is gay before, but this was just as engaging as reading a straight romance. It's an interesting, warm and fun read. I've also started buying the milk for farmers milk. 3.5 stars from me. ...more
Feb 17, 2021 rated it liked it
I really liked that this books main character is gay. But it was quite a cheesy book almost to the point where I was rolling my eyes. Maybe it’s just the genre of romance novels that I don’t like though. I did like the cows and also the main character being gay added a different element and made it slightly better for me.
Sean Ollett
Jul 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ok, it was not as funny as they implied but it wasn't bad. I hadn't realised it was a lesbian love story and never anything wrong with a bit of girl on girl action! The characters were involving and it was a refreshing read. ...more
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